For some time now the NHS has been offering new antibody and antiviral treatments to people with COVID-19 who are at the highest risk of becoming seriously ill. These treatments, if taken within the first five days of testing positive, can help manage symptoms of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of becoming seriously ill. They are for people who have not been admitted to hospital. These treatments should also be readily available across the Bailiwick.
It has come to our attention that some members of our community who are clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) to the effects of COVID-19, have on testing positive for COVID, attempted to obtain antiviral treatment from their GPs only to be told to contact Public Health. On contacting Public Health they have been told to contact their GPs. As a result we have contacted Public Health who acknowledged there has been some confusion around the correct referral pathway and we have been given the following important reassurance and advice.